2018 Events

Upcoming Events

JALT Business Communication SIG 3rd Annual Conference. 

Date: September 8-9, 2018  
Location: Toyo University - Hakusan Campus
Weekend Rate (non JALT / non Toyo / non students) - ¥ 6,000
Early Bird Rate - ¥ 5,000
One Day Rate for Attendees (non JALT / non Toyo / non students) - ¥ 4,000
Early Bird Rate - ¥ 3,000

Weekend Rate (JALT Members) - ¥ 5,000
Early Bird Pre-registration (JALT Members) - ¥ 4,000
One Day Rate for Attendees (JALT Members) - ¥ 3,000
Early Bird Pre-registration one day (JALT Members) - ¥ 2,000

Weekend Rate (JALT BizCom SIG Members) - ¥ 3,000
Early Bird Pre-registration (JALT BizCom SIG Members) - ¥ 2,000
One Day Rate (JALT BizCom SIG Members) - ¥ 2,000
Early Bird Pre-registration one day (JALT BizCom SIG Members) - ¥ 1,000

Weekend Rate for Student Attendees (non Toyo students) - ¥ 2,000
One Day Rate for Student Attendees (non Toyo students) - ¥ 1,000

Toyo University Staff and students - Free

Details are below: 

The conference will take place in collaboration with Toyo University and the IATEFL BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) at Toyo University's Hakusan campus on Saturday September the 8th to Sunday September the 9th. We are expecting about 200 people at this event.

The theme of the conference is "The Spark: Igniting Innovations in Communications for Global Businesses". We will be accepting proposals primarily (but not exclusively) on research and pedagogical approaches towards professional communication, business knowledge, and innovative technologies. Proposals which more closely match the topic of the conference theme will be given priority during the selection process.

There will be a number of different session formats: presentations (25 mins); long workshop (50 mins); short workshop (25 mins); commercial presentation (25 mins); poster presentation. Please select your preferred type of presentation when you submit your proposal using the Google form link shown below.

Attendees will not be added to the event programme until they register and pay the conference fee. The deadline for this is August the 15th, (because we would like to make an online programme to advertise the event.)

We will contact you by email at the end of May to confirm whether or not your proposal has been successful. Notification of acceptance of proposals will take place on Thursday, May 31st. You will not be added to the programme until you register and pay the conference fee. For session speakers, the deadline for this is August the 1st 2018, (because we want to make an online program by August the 15th, to help to advertise the event).

Please submit your presentation proposals using the following format: http://bit.ly/BizComSIG2018Conference

Tokyo JALT Younger Learners joint event with the YL SIG

Date: October 7th 2018, 13:00 - 17:00
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 5-17- 16
Access: 10 min from Toritsu Daigaku Station, Toyoko Line (http://www.tokiwamatsu.ac.jp/info/access.html)
Fee: Free for members, 1000 yen for nonmembers 

Featured speakers: Mitsue Allen-Tamai (Aoyama University)
Professor Frances Shiobara (Kobe Shoin Women's University) 

Summary: We have a great line up this time, starting with a presentation by Professor Mitsue Allen-Tamai of Aoyama University who will talk about her unique storytelling project. A discussion on assessment and testing at the elementary level will follow. Finally, Professor Frances Shiobara of Kobe Shoin Women's University will share her research on team teaching, a topic relevant for Younger Learner teachers at all levels. Please bookmark the date and share the information with colleagues and friends. More details will be posted later. Large numbers are expected so please be sure to RSVP to book your place!

Tokyo JALT presents: Three Pronunciation Presentations

Date: October 12th, 2018

Time: 18:30 to 21:00   

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building and Room TBA

                3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/direction/

Fee: Free for members & Rikkyo Faculty, 1000 yen for non-members; Tokyo JALT membership is available for 3000 yen per year (1500 yen for ALTs/JETs/full-time students)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvp

Kenichi Ohyama

Summary: Theoretical accounts for difficulties in L2 perception

Based on the well-known theoretical models (Speech Learning Model and Perceptual Assimilation Model), he explains the influence of L1 transfer by Japanese learners of English.

Bio: He is a full-time lecturer at Edogawa University, teaching phonetics and general English courses. He is interested in phonological acquisition theories and phonetic pedagogy.

Yukie Saito

Summary: Empirical evidence to support the role of L2 pronunciation in oral development

Reviewing existing literature, she explains how L2 learners benefit from different types of prosody-based instruction. She concludes her presentation with some pedagogical implications.

Bio: Her main research interest includes the effects of classroom-based instruction, in particular, on the development of L2 pronunciation. She is currently teaching at Rikkyo University.

Presenter Three Information Forthcoming

Tokyo JALT and TD SIG Professional Development Roundtable and Social

Date: October 13th, 2018

Time: 2:00-4:00, Dinner from 5

Location: Kyorin University, Inokashira Campus

Access: http://www.kyorin-u.ac.jp/English/location.html

Fee: Free, but for the social afterwards food or drink must be purchased

RSVP here

The Teacher Development (TD) Special Interest Group (SIG) and the Tokyo chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) will host a Professional Development Roundtable Discussion on Saturday, October 13 at Kyorin University's Inokashira Campus in Mitaka. The discussion will be followed by a social event at a restaurant in Kichijoji from 5pm. Location to be announced.

Please register by October 10 to give the organizers a sense of numbers, as we are preparing coffee and tea. We hope to see you there! For more information, please email: tokyojaltevents@gmail.com.

Past Events

2018 Tokyo JALT State of the Chapter featuring Paul Nation
Date: June 29th, 2018  
Location: NYU SPS Tokyo
Fee: Free for members, 1000 yen for nonmembers

Tokyo JALT warmly invites you to our 2018 State of the Chapter. This year has been full of great successes and we are looking forward to an even bigger 2019. At our State of the Chapter events we discuss the past year's achievements and the coming year's goals. We will make some big announcements. 

This State of the Chapter will feature a presentation by the esteemed Paul Nation! Refreshments will be served. 

What are the most effective changes a teacher could make to a language course?

This workshop describes the four most important ways of improving an English as a foreign language program. These four changes in order of importance are (1) set up a substantial extensive reading program, (2) set up a fluency development program across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, (3) organize genuine spoken communication activities, and (4) train and encourage learners to do deliberate systematic vocabulary learning using flash cards.

Each change is described and justified, showing how it helps learning, what research evidence there is for it, the strength of the effect of this change, and how to implement the change.

These changes are easy enough to make and their positive effects on language learning have been proven to be very large.

Bio: Paul Nation is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His books on vocabulary include Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (1990) and Researching and Analysing Vocabulary (2011) (with Stuart Webb) both from Heinle Cengage Learning., His latest books on vocabulary are Learning Vocabulary in Another Language (second edition 2013) published by Cambridge University Press, Making and Using Word Lists (2016) from John Benjamins, and How Vocabulary is Learned (2017) (with Stuart Webb).. Two books strongly directed towards teachers appeared in 2013 from Compass Media in Seoul –What should every ESL Teacher Know? (available free from www.compasspub.com/ESLTK) and What should every EFL Teacher Know? He is also co-author of Nation, P. and Malarcher, C. (2017) Timed Reading for Fluency. Books 1-4. Seoul: Seed Publishing. 

Teacher Journeys Conference 
We are happy to announce that in its seventh year, the Teacher Journeys Conference will journey back to Tokyo Sunday, June 3. The mini-conference, co-sponsored by Tokyo JALT and hosted at Rikkyo University, will provide speakers an opportunity to share personal narratives from their development as teachers. Learn more details at the conference site and consider submitting a presentation proposal before the April 23 deadline.

Dr. Gary Barkhuizen
Language teacher identity: What is it and why should we know, or care?
Date: February 16th, 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: New York University, School of Professional Studies, American Language Institute at Shinagawa Intercity Tower A 22F, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku

Access: Shinagawa Station (http://www.sps.nyu.alitokyo.jp/en/access/) 

Fee: Free for JALT members; 1000 yen for non-members;

Tokyo JALT and Yokohama JALT (with the support of Temple University) are pleased to host Gary Barkhuizen.

Abstract: There has recently been much interest in the interrelationship between teachers’ thinking, their identities, emotions, and their practice. In this presentation I’ll explore these connections by analyzing some interview data from a New Zealand study which investigated language tutors working in one-on-one instructional arrangements in which the tutors and their English learners (adult refugees and migrants) aim together to meet the particular language needs and goals of the learner. What emerges is that an important ingredient of this complex interrelationship is moral stance, such as inclusion and social justice, and that this moral dimension is evident (or should be) in the here-and-now moments of teaching action. In the process I will illustrate ‘short story analysis’ (Barkhuizen, 2016) as an approach to examining the interview data.

Bio: Gary Barkhuizen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of language teacher education, teacher and learner identity, study abroad, and narrative inquiry, and he has published widely on these topics. His books include Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research (2014, Routledge, with Phil Benson and Alice Chik), Narrative Research in Applied Linguistics (2013, CUP), and Reflections on Language Teacher Identity Research (2017, Routledge). Professor Barkhuizen has taught ESL at high school (in Mmabatho, South Africa) and at college level (in New York), and has worked in teacher education in South Africa, New Zealand and the United States. 

Tokyo JALT and Teaching Younger Learners: GET READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Pre-school & Elementary
Date: February  4th, 2018
As we get ready to plan for new courses and new students this is a great time to take stock of where we're going and what priorities we want to focus on in the new year. We plan to invite some inspiring teachers/trainers to introduce their materials and activities. Please think of sharing the things that have worked for you this year - or suggest topics you'd like have a presentation on - or work on in small group discussions.
Volunteering for teacher-share sessions is a great way for teachers to develop skills in presenting and running workshops, and is good for CV building. Sessions for both dates can be anything from a 10 minute share to a full 90 minute workshop. Fill in this form and we'll look forward to seeing you in November and/or February. As before, participants are welcome to get together for pizza & more conversation near the station before heading home.

For further information about these younger learner SIG events or if you would like to get involved, please contact Marian Hara at: tokyojaltyl@gmail.com

Tokyo JALT Tech Series: New Google Sites 
Google Educator Group Workshop
Kaori Hakone (Shinjuku GEG) & Dave Towse (West Tokyo GEG)
Date: January 19th, 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Toyo University (Hakusan Campus) Building 3 Room 3304
This workshop on the New Google Sites will be given in English (by Dave Towse) and Japanese (by Kaori Hakone). Google Sites: A contemporary and versatile tool for creating, user-friendly, & collaborative professional looking websites, student portfolios, research projects, & much more!  Join Kaori and David for an overview and introduction to Google Sites, where building a one-stop destination for all vital information, including videos, images, calendars, presentations, documents, folders, and text just got a whole lot easier and will cover how to make, design and use Google Sites for teaching purposes and beyond.

Bio: Kaori Hakone is a Japanese teacher who has taught at K-12 schools and universities in both Australia and Japan and is currently preparing a new international for its launch in mid 2018. Integrating technology into education is her passion and she has created created several multi-touch books through the iBooks store. In addition she also founded a book trailer contest for students in the international schools community in Japan. This passion led her to become a certified Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), an ADE Asia Pacific Board member, a Google Innovator, and a Google Trainer. She also earned the Google Educator Exam level 1 and level 2 certificates and the Apple Teacher certificates and has experience in various teacher education programs such as the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement, where she has been an Examiner and a Reader for many years.  
Bio: David Towse is an Educational Technology Specialist and Integrationist, currently based at Seisen International School in Setagaya-Ku. Having moved from a full-time homeroom teacher, David works with students, staff, and admin to move beyond ‘using tech, for tech's-sake!’ He is involved in collaboratively planning, and co-teaching within an IB-PYP setting. David is a MEd student at Endicott College,  a Google Certified Innovator, and Trainer.  You can find and connect with David on Twitter @MrTowse.